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The DIY Guide to Building a Family that Lasts: 12 Tools for Improving Your Home Life

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Is it really possible to have the home life you want with the people you love?

The most exciting part of any home improvement show is the big reveal—that moment when a drab, run-down house becomes a breathtaking new home. What if you could have that with your home life?

That’s what the DIY Guide is all about. In it, you’ll find practical tools for transforming your home
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Moody Publishers
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Iryna Khomchuk
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Люблю цікаві метафори, тож ідею Ґері Чепмена порівняти зміцнення стосунків у родині з реновацією будинку оцінила. Проте автор наголошує: якщо відновлення домівки ми все-таки можемо доручити підрядникам, то відновленням щирих, довірливих стосунків у сім’ї доведеться займатися виключно самотужки. Тому й пропонує читачам покрокову інструкцію у стилі креативних наборів "Зроби сам" — якщо дотримуватися всіх порад і рекомендацій, а ще озброїтися цілеспрямованістю та впертістю, ти зрештою зможеш зібрат ...more
Nathan Wagner
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here are my application points from this book.

1. Creating a "fun list" and making it visual. Having a list of "me fun," "couple fun." and "family fun." - This is obvious. I'm glad to be reminded of this.

2. Improving communication. Making sure our communication as a family is considerate, calm, clear, concise and consistent.

3. Cultivate love - Know and speak the 5 love languages.

I decided to pick out 3 application points and create a plan to apply them to my family. I've found this MUCH more eff
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an easy to follow guide for parents who are looking to implement spiritual concepts into their daily family life, mimicking Do It Yourself home renovation programs for any easy to understand layout or map for each discipline. Both authors have extensive careers in counseling and have drawn the similarity of literal home improvement to a transformation of your home life.
Each chapter is broken up into sections:
- Home Improvement Goal (what behaviour do you want to get rid of)
- Home Improve
Victoria W.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dr. Chapman is a well familiar name when it comes to topics of love and relationship. So it really wasn't a surprise to see him and co-author Shannon Warden diving into the topic of family life and the 12 areas they felt were most represented by families looking for positive change in their homes.

The book itself follows a very reader friendly format. Comprised of 12 chapters (plus intro and epilogue) each chapter is broken down into an introduction, a planning section, diy, all-in section, revie
May 29, 2021 rated it liked it
The authors of this self help DIY guide take their metaphor seriously.

Initially, I read meticulously and tried to extract value. And there certainly is value; be kind, be grateful, listen to others.

However, I feel that the family that will get the most value out of this book is one where there is not too much water under the bridge. Maybe a young couple who see each other as equals and want to avoid developing habits that might cause strain later. It is idealistic.

For a couple with kids who have
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!!! It is for the parents who are looking to develop a more intentional life in this world full of technology, business and lack of connection. It was quick and easy to read with lots of application points. Some of my favorite aspect of it was the analogy he used throughout comparing the home atmosphere to that of a DIY home improvement project. That relation will make this an excellent book to read with your husband or in a small group book study! It helped even me loo ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes people is more focused on how a home looks and not how it feels, I want to do it, to try to have a home with peace. Every family needs to forgive, trust, have compassion, and love. Gary Chapman is a favorite, everyone knows him because he thought us about the 5 love languages. It is so amazing to me to realize my children are going to remember certain things because we create or improve things at home. May God help us. Topics covered include Kindness, Gratitude, Love, Compromise, Forgi ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the Amazon Vine program.

I wanted to read this book after having enjoyed the 5 Love Languages and 5 Love Languages for Teens. I liked this book, but not as much as either of those.

This book contains 12 tips on how to improve your family life. I suggest you read this with your spouse for best effect. I found each of the 12 tips to be good and useful, but for many of them I wanted more information. Surprisingly enough, only a few of them recommended further reading. There
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is broken down into manageable chapters covering key areas for successful family relationships. The majority I have already read and heard in regard to marriage but this was an interesting read because it also talks about the parent/child relationship. While my children are currently too young for most of it, I took copious notes to revisit down the track. It also served as a good reminder to keep my marriage healthy so that we are modelling these areas to our children. Hopefully by do ...more
Michelle Castaneda
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The DIY Guide to Building a Family that Lasts by Gary Chapman and Shannon Warden is a fabulous guide to renovating a family from the inside out. The authors focus on internal change and do so in such a beautiful way. This is just as much a marriage book as it is a family book. Marriage is the foundation of a family and the authors clearly understand that. Great book for families of all sizes. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entire ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this read! There were a lot of hands-on practical tools for basic family skills - communication, conflict resolution, love languages, etc. This book was very easy to read and enjoyable! There are a lot of similiarities to Dr. Chapman's other books, but it is still a worthwhile read - especially for anyone who is looking to improve their family life and relationships and isn't sure where to start! ...more
Amy Grochowski
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’ve never seen a DIY guide for improving family relationships like this one. Down-to-earth, common sense, humorous, and genius! I love how easy the 12 tools are to remember and apply in daily circumstances. This is an every day, every woman, every man guide to a happier home.

If you're looking for REAL ways to improve and grow your relationships with the most important people in your life, then this book is for you.
Jon Barr
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chapman's books never fail to bless me with immediately applicable steps for achieving an improved state. In this book, he and his co-author liken improving your family life to improving your home. His repeated and impactful refrain was that any improvement must start with you. DIY indeed means that if you need better communication, more fun, improved budgeting, etc, the onus is on you to start. ...more
Heidi Ciravola
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While reading this is not an instant cure all for your family, it is however a wonderful guide for making improvements one step at a time. I would recommend working through this over the course of a year, tackling one chapter each month.
Quinn Fforde
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and engaging resource
Brenda Seefeldt
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Love Gary Chapman writing. Useful. Practical. This one has a theme of home improvement throughout. Clever with a lot of retread of earlier writing.
Haleigh DeRocher
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing really groundbreaking, but I did enjoy the extended DIY analogy. Definitely some good reminders, and some great tips as my kiddos get older.
Kate Davis
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The DIY Guide to building a family that lasts* looks at different aspects of family life that people often want to improve. The authors, two experienced counsellors, discuss different negative aspects of family life and provides tools on how to use positive behaviour to improve them. For example Kindness rather than selfishness, Trust rather than control, Patience rather than anger.

I hadn’t heard of the book before I saw it available for review on Netgalley. I was interested in reading it as soo
I love Gary Chapman books. HOwever, compared to all the others this one didn't do it for me. The analogies didn't help me out perhaps more for the handyman. ...more
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Married more than 45 years to Karolyn, Dr. Gary Chapman is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over forty years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The 5 Love Languages®: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Millions of readers credit t ...more

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